TG#15: Politics, MMO Tech, Cube Farms, and Dress Codes

November 24, 2008 – 12:47 pm

We’re back, and we’re at least as controversial as gay marriage! We take the frightening move of going OFF SCRIPT, then come back to Earth to talk about office and cube culture.


We didn’t plan this part…

  • If you think Prop 8 in California was controversial, check this story out!
  • Tweak and Geek now has a Facebook Group, yippee!
  • WoW
    • Downtime
    • Different Servers
    • How many servers on a cluster
    • Client-prediction, synchronizing a client-side simulation with a server-side simulation
    • TCP vs UDP (by the way, Skype prefers UDP)

Moving to a new office

Tales of moving into 100 square feet…

  • Can an IT worker work without privacy?
  • Can an “Open Concept” work for developers?
  • What about noise? Phone spillover?
  • Is it worth moving into a cramped space just for appearance’s sake?

Craig just moved to a new office; this is just the beginning of the story.

Office Dress Code

Craig just had an office dress code implemented (no jeans, etc). What are things that you need to take into account when instituting a dress code for your business?

What dress code is right for you?

  • Industry – specific
    • Medical – Scrubs
    • Retail – clothes matching the business
      • Home depot – casual / flannel
      • Clothes – match the style sold
      • Police / Military / UPS etc – Uniform
      • Finance / Insurance – Suit
    • Other
      • IT – Can they have a different code than the rest of the company?
      • Consultants – Are jeans ever OK?
    • What are you trying to portray? Stability? Playfulness? Customer Service?

What is the effect of dress code on morale? Does a casual dress code help morale? What about employees that rarely, if ever, have client contact? Does a dress code set the culture of a business, or can it be a turnoff to bright employees?

What are some casual dress code faux pas?

  • Sandals with socks
  • Hats
  • Camo
  • Tube tops
  • Pink taffeta sports coat

Lamest News of the Podcast

Craig:
The family that drinks together…

Trying to find someone to come pick up the one year old boy seems to be tough – mom is arrested for OUI. Dad shows up and is drunk. Grandma and Grandpa arrive and are also 1/2 in the bag. Very Jerry Springer.

Pat:
Google is tracking Flu Trends! Googling for certain terms implies that CAPTAIN TRIPPS IS HERE

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  1. 4 Responses to “TG#15: Politics, MMO Tech, Cube Farms, and Dress Codes”

  2. Nice podcast guys. Thanks for the shout outs to the longtime listeners.

    One day I might actually call the voice mail #, but until then, I shall just post comments here.

    I am fortunate enough to have escaped the dress code nazi’s and now as long at the clothes are clean, we can wear pretty much whatever we want. It makes up for the open floor plan of the office. I am not a fan of the shared space, but I think you have find a balance of what you are willing to put up with. In a past life I had a cube in a server room that I loved, but the boss was a huge ass! Now I work on a great team, very lax dress code, but sort of cramped work space.

    I am looking forward to the next podcast, I assume it will be after the new year at y’alls current pace!

    By ShadesOfGrey on Nov 24, 2008

  3. Oh… and after the whole discussion on TCP vs. UDP. Craig = Tweak… Pat = Geek.

    By ShadesOfGrey on Nov 24, 2008

  4. Thanks, Shades, I think. However I still refuse to admit who’s who…

    Hey, we get you a ‘cast every 2 weeks! Does the “Creep and Spook” podcast do that? I think not!

    By Craig on Nov 24, 2008

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